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Home Care Providers Talk Hydration Tips For Seniors And Preventing Dehydration

Jun 13, 2018 by Shannon Meller

Many people know that water is important, and we should drink it, but they do not know that more than 50% of our bodies are made up of water. This is why it is so important to replenish it. We lose a lot of water daily from urination, respiration, and perspiration. While you may find it easy to consume water, there are many seniors who cannot. Home care teams warn that dehydration can be a serious problem in seniors and they are more likely to experience it. Below, we will talk about some of the most common reasons for dehydration in the elderly.

  • Memory problems
  • Limited access to clean water
  • Decreased thirst sensation
  • Chronic urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Medication such as diuretics
  • Limited mobility

Home care experts warn that dehydration can lead to kidney failure and UTIs, among other things. If you are worried about your loved one’s liquid intake, here are some tips to help prevent dehydration.

  • Keep water within arm’s reach to serve as a visual reminder
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, limit them, or replace them with non-caffeinated options
  • Drink extra water when taking any type of medications
  • Keep a hydration schedule nearby and make sure your loved one follows it and does not rely on thirst alone
  • Make drinking as fun as possible. For example, you could enhance the flavor of the water, offer hydrating treats, or offer a frozen juice pop
  • Eat foods that are higher in water content such as watermelons, blueberries, cucumbers, apples, yogurt, and soup

The home care team at Comfort Keepers is here to help your loved one and can create a hydration plan for them to follow. The recommended amount of water that should be consumed per day is 64 ounces.

If you would like to learn more about our home care team, now is the time to call our office at your convenience.

 

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